2012 - 2013 Season > Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Jan. 25 -Feb. 10, 2013
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
by Tennessee Williams
Russell Lloyd, director

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is an American classic that has and will stand the test of time by asking the difficult question of true love. While that question seems benign to drama or controversy, when Maggie and Brick start down the road of the truth in their love, sparks fly from areas that no one even knew existed.
Adult themes

Director’s Notes

It’s been said that some lies are okay. You know, those little white lies? Little white lies are justified because the truth might be hurtful or damaging in some way. Then there are the lies we use to avoid pain or guilt or to purposely cause damage. These lies, we consider not “okay.” We pass judgment upon these lies - and upon the liar. We try to evict those liars from our society. This is the great hypocrisy -- when a whole society uses lies to protect itself but would condemn the liar to appear good.
What happened to truth then? Can the word even exist? What happens to faith, to hope, and, most of all, to love? How can love exist when the only thing anyone knows is how to either hide the truth or to make it up all together? It may be painful and may even change a whole way of living – the truth. But without it, life consists of a manufactured reality that can only end with a terrible conclusion. It comes down to this: for the sake of faith, hope and love, the truth -- whatever it is --must be told.
As Maggie the Cat says: “Truth, truth! What’s so awful about it? I like it.”
--Russell Lloyd

Cast in alphabetical order

Petra Cantrell (Sookie) is a retired working woman and mother who truly enjoys the stage. As an artist, she is first vice president of the Josephine County Art Association and is a member of the Brushstrokes and the Museum of Art. She has been recognized for her art work. Having worked most of her life, Petra feels she finally has a chance to do what she enjoys: the theater, art, fishing, reading and getting involved with some governmental affairs.

David Copelin (Rev. Tooker) wrote The Angel Capone, produced at Barnstormers earlier this season. His dark comedy Bella Donna won Best Play at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2005 and has been produced several times since. David’s comic monologue A Clean Breast just received its premiere. A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, David also serves as treasurer of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He is very pleased that he has the chance to work again with Russ Lloyd and other members of the Capone company. This is David’s acting début at Barnstormers.

Frankie Craig (Gooper) is excited to be involved with his fifth Barnstormers production. He previously has played Joseph in The Butterfingers Angel, Norbert in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Drunk in An Enemy of the People, and Al Capone in The Angel Capone. At other venues, he has played Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap and Radar in a stage version of MASH. Frankie moved to Grants Pass two years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah. He feels honored to have the opportunity to work with Russ Lloyd again and with the other members of the cast and crew.

Patrick Dolan (Brick) is very happy to be returning to the stage for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He has been involved in theater since moving to Grants Pass six and half years ago. Past credits include: Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart, Gary/Roger in Noises Off, Andrew Rally in I Hate Hamlet, and Norman in The Dresser. He loves the character of Brick and this show, and he hopes you enjoy it as much as he does bringing it to life on stage for you. He would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support and, most of all, Sarah for her patience and for being the glue that holds him together. Enjoy.

Corrie Dunkin (Mae) was most recently seen as Meg in Crimes of the Heart at Barnstormers. She studied the dramatic arts in college and had opportunities to study theater in London and Stratford with experiences in acting, directing, and stage managing. Off stage, she enjoys her husband and three great kids, writing, teaching, CrossFit, and traveling. Thanks to this excellent cast and crew and thanks to her family for the incredible support!

Oliver Dunkin (Buster) is excited to be in his first official Barnstormers production. He is in sixth grade at Brighton Academy and has been involved with its productions of It's Bigfoot ,and he played Doc Holiday in Hound of the Baskervilles. Oliver enjoys school, friends, soccer and science. He thanks his family and Russ for giving him a part.

Amy Fox (Maggie) has been very active at Barnstormers since moving to the Rogue Valley 11 years ago. Some of her favorite roles include Florence in The Odd Couple (Female Version), Rosalind in Moon Over Buffalo and Lenny in Crimes of the Heart. Amy is both thrilled and terrified to be playing such an iconic role, and she sees it as her biggest challenge to date. In her free time (hah!) Amy is a wife, step-mother, and car salesman. Amy would like to thank her family for lending her to the theater night after night – even though it means eating lots of leftovers.

Keith Fuller (Big Daddy), recently seen in The Angel Capone, has also shaped such diverse roles as Nicely Nicely in Guys & Dolls, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof, and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. Keith is also an acclaimed director, writer, musical director, master of ceremonies, and he is the resident sound designer for Barnstormers Theatre.

Brenna Grotberg ( Trixie) is excited to be appearing in her first play.She enjoys cooking, drawing and playing outside with her friends. She would like to thank her mom and dad, Patrick, Ashlee and Tegan and her two pets, Squash the cat and Zuko the hamster. She loves her family very much and is hoping to make new friends in the theater.

Dennis Hardesty (Doc Baugh) is thrilled to be involved in such an iconic play as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He last appeared at Barnstormers in Trap for a Lonely Man. He can be seen occasionally performing stand-up comedy or— more often—singing at open jam sessions around the Rogue Valley.

Jolie Sautos-Ramsey (Dixie) is 12 years old and attends South Middle School. Jolie comes to Barnstormers with over three years of experience in community theater, having performed in eight productions with three different companies. Jolie's favorite role to date was Veruca Salt in Lighthouse Repertory Theatre's production of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Jolie plans to pursue a career in the performing arts and is looking forward to attending the annual International Models and Talent Association event in New York City this summer. Jolie hopes you enjoy the show!

Rose Wingenbach (Big Mamma) is a jewelry designer at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads. Rose’s first love remains the theater. Once known as Radical Rose, a mad scientist who thrilled and educated children in the Portland area, she has wowed Grants Pass audiences in many performances for various local theaters including: The Odd Couple Female Version, Done to Death, 70 Girls 70, The Foreigner, Wit, Rumors, Les Miserables, Bye Bye Birdie, Suessical the Musical, and, most recently, Working.

Production Crew

Russell Lloyd (Director) has directed many plays here at Barnstormers such as A Delicate Balance, Proof, Guys and Dolls, Sylvia, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Dresser, The Dining Room and, most recently, the world premiere of The Angel Capone. He has also performed in many plays at Barnstormers such as I Hate Hamlet, Broadway Bound, The Dining Room, The Goodbye People, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Foreigner, Rumors and Eat Your Heart Out. At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he had performed in Paradise Lost, Henry IV Part I, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hamlet and Henry V. He has performed at Rogue Music Theatre in: Camelot, Carousel, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Mame, Paint Your Wagon and Sound of Music.

Stephanie Malone (Assistant Director/Stage Manager) has been a part of the theater community sense her freshman year of high school. She currently works for the Medford School District as its resident Theater Technician. Some of her favorite shows include: Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Scapino, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She would like to thank her Dad and David for all the support a girl could ask for. And the Director Russ, for bringing her back every year to assist him with his shows!

Kendra Shannon (Stage Manager) has been a part of the theater crowd for about five years now. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is her third show at Barnstormers Theatre and she plans on “teching” for more performances to come. She has worked with Stephanie on many shows, and her favorites include Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music. She hopes you enjoy the show.